Silver Spring Stage is holding auditions for its virtual production of Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson. The production will consist of 10 live-streamed performances between January 15 - February 6, 2021. Cast and crew will stream from their homes.* The show will be directed by Jon Jon Johnson and produced by Maura Sulibhan and Alika Codispoti.
*This will require a dedicated performance space in one’s home, that is either continuously set up, or can be set up prior to each performance. It also requires a laptop or tablet with a working camera.
NOTE: We are not planning any in-person rehearsals or performances.
Casting will be for 4-6 roles, including two understudies. Roles are open to actors of all genders. (Character breakdown below.) All roles are open and unpaid.
This SignUp is for an individual 10-minute live audition slot on Saturday, November 14, on zoom between the hours of 1pm & 4pm. Prepare a one-minute monologue. For those who don’t have a prepared monologue, we will provide monologues; please indicate your preference in your sign-up. Fill out the AUDITION FORM ahead of your audition. If the slots fill up, email us at [email protected].
A zoom link will be sent to the email address you provide prior to your scheduled audition time.
Callbacks will be held on the evening of Wednesday, November 18.
All actors will need to fill out the online AUDITION FORM and submit with resume and headshot if available. Actors will need to note all conflicts between Monday, November 16 - Saturday, February 6.
We anticipate that the characters in Ada and the Engine will speak with an British accent. There will be a dialect coach available to the cast, however if you have a British accent in your acting arsenal, please be prepared to showcase it, if asked, in auditions.
Rehearsals will be held via Zoom and created taking into account cast availability. Tech and dress rehearsals will be January 9-14. Performances will run four weekends from Jan 15 - Feb 6, 2021. Performances will be Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm and two Sunday matinees at 2pm on Jan 24 and 31. Brush up rehearsals will be held Thursday evenings before Friday performances. Cast attendance is required at all rehearsals as called by the director unless a conflict has been previously indicated. Cast must be available for all tech and dress rehearsals, performances, and brush ups.
** If you have any questions, please email us [email protected]. **
At age 18, Ada Byron is fixated on mathematics, music, and the legacy of her absent, infamous father poet Lord Byron. When she meets Charles Babbage — whose conception of the Difference Engine was a critical first step towards the computer — the two begin a long intellectual partnership, with suppressed romantic undercurrents. Ada’s mother works hard to keep her daughter from a marriage of passion to a man significantly older that is sure to provoke scandal and pushes her to marry Lord Lovelace instead. Over time, Ada still finds a way to provide critical insights into the would-be Engine and playwright Lauren Gunderson gives us a glimpse of another woman from history whose life and contributions have been kept out of our public consciousness.
England, 1835-1852. The Victorian era. The houses of intellectual elites.
Actors do not need to be the exact ages of the characters. Roles are open to actors of all ethnicities and genders. The Ada and the Engine team is committed to open casting, and an actor's race or ethnicity will not bar them from being considered for a family role alongside a cast member who does not share their racial or ethnic background.
Ada Byron Lovelace - (18-36, she/her) Curious, funny, brilliant, aware of her brilliance, aware of her story. Never met her famous father. Tries to be a “good girl” but just cannot help her curiosity and love of all things impossible. A woman of our time stuck in hers.
Lady Anabella Byron - (35-55, she/her) Ada’s mother. Harsh, strict, jealous? Yes. But realistic. She has had a hard life largely due to Ada’s father, who projects his sins on her.
NOTE: May double with Mary Sommerville
Charles Babbage - (40-60, he/him) Ada’s soul mate, friend, mentor. Lauded genius of London. A holder of famous salons, an inventor, a mathematician scholar, a dreamer who just cannot seem to make his dreams into the metal they require to be real. Almost perfect for Ada. Almost.
Lord Lovelace - (25-45, he/him) A gentleman who becomes Ada’s husband. He’d rather that he was more rich and more lordly, but he’ll manage with his lot. A proud man. A wanting man. A serious man. Is not madly in love with Ada, but she’ll do just fine.
NOTE: May double with Byron
Mary Sommerville - (40-60, she/her) Charles’ friend and colleague and Ada’s mentor. She is alone in her age as a woman who is successful and highly respected in science and math. Pragmatic, sharpley friendly, someone who will tell you when you’re wrong.
NOTE: May double with Lady Anabella Byron
Byron - (36, he/him) A charming man, darkly funny, unpredictable, emotional, brooding but self-aware. A poet.
NOTE: May double with Lord Lovelace
If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].
Silver Spring Stage is an all-volunteer community theatre. All roles are open and unpaid.